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GRTTWAK: Childhood Memories

Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids (GRTTWAK) is happening again Monday night, so get out that old shoebox and get ready to share your treasures from childhood with a bar full of like-minded others at this open mic reading series.

The brainchild of Dan Misener, GRTTWAK enables us to take a nostalgic trip by delving into the often embarrassing bits of poetry and prose we wrote as kids.

Misener got an email a few weeks ago from his mom, saying, "Came across a Rubbermaid tote with an orange popple and more of your writings. The Ron Trilogy, Putrid Poems and some other poems."

Here's an example from Misener at age 11:

Little Jack Horner,
Sat in the corner,
Eating his purple pie.
He stuck in his thumb,
And pulled out a thing,
He couldn't identify.

Continue reading for more grownup fun and details of the evening's event...

Here's another one from Misener, entitled My Life 20 Years from Now:

In twenty years I will be 31 and will be living on Earth's moon, in an environmentally controlled bubble. I will be a world famous inventor. I live in a fairly normal house except that my garage has been converted into a bubble control room. The reason I will live on the moon is that if I lived on Earth I would be mobbed.

I will invent Viper cars that change shape. I will invent kitchen utensils and other stuff too. I will be a multi-millionaire.

I will be very happy 20 year from now.

Sounds like an imaginative boy. What did you write as a kid? Got any drawings from your childhood? It's time to share, Monday night at The Gladstone. Remember: You have to be the one who wrote it, as a kid. You have to be the one who reads it, as an adult. It has to be short.

Image drawn by GRTTWAK facebook member Rob Simone, from when he was in grade one.


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